PROCEDURES

Information About Plastic Surgery Procedures

Dr. Aldona J. Spiegel, M.D., strives to provide you with all of the relevant information that you may need to make an informed decision about your breast reconstruction, plastic surgery, or nonsurgical treatment. From breast reconstruction to breast augmentation, our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Aldona J. Spiegel, is here to help you every step of the way. You are not in this alone, no matter what you need. Plus, our surgical team has worked along Dr. Spiegel's side for many years and has assisted her in compassionately performing more than 1,500 breast reconstructions for women after breast cancer. We will help you understand the differences and benefits of reconstruction with breast implants or natural tissue (DIEP, SGAP, LAT, or TAP flap technique). Dr. Spiegel encourages her patients to voice their ideas and concerns as well. Your experience at this practice matters to us, and we look forward to meeting you for a private consultation at our Houston, TX office located on the campus of Houston Methodist Hospital.

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The DIEP flap breast reconstruction involves microsurgical techniques that keep your ab muscles intact during the harvest of fat to recreate a breast.

When you need more fat than what your abdomen has to rebuild your new breasts, Dr. Spiegel can perform an SGAP flap surgery with your buttocks tissue.

The LAT flap breast reconstruction may be needed when you can use an area of the back when you have too little tissue on your abdomen to harvest.

Most patients do not have enough fat on the upper back for TAP flaps alone in breast reconstruction, but this area may be harvested for small defects.

As a two-stage breast surgery, implant-based breast reconstruction involves the use of a tissue expander and then implants in a follow-up surgery.

If you qualify for direct-to-implant breast reconstruction, you will not need a first-stage tissue expander or a second surgery for implant placement.

We have reconstructive services for women who have had a lumpectomy (a section of a breast removed) or will need a lumpectomy in the near future.

As an alternative to unsuccessful treatments like compression garments or lymphatic drainage massage for lymphedema, we can try a lymph node transfer.

We can use a surgical technique called neurotization that may return feeling back into your reconstructed breast after a mandatory mastectomy.

Cosmetic 3D nipple tattooing is offered to our patients through an independent tattoo artist, Renee Maschinot, who has 30+ years of experience.

Many women seek breast augmentation (the placement of saline or silicone breast implants) due to dissatisfaction with their original breast size.

If you are unsure that you qualify for a corrective breast lift, Dr. Spiegel will evaluate your breasts and learn your goals before making a decision.

With surgery, Dr. Spiegel can reshape and reduce the size of your breasts with a reduction surgery, which eliminates extra skin and weighty tissues.

Dr. Spiegel can perform a breast revision surgery even if she wasn't the original plastic surgeon who performed the first breast augmentation surgery.

We strategically place BOTOX injections within your upper facial skin (around your eyes and on your brow) to relax the muscles that cause wrinkles.

Restylane injections that act as a filler may stay for about a year based on the formula selected or how fast it metabolizes under your skin.

Made with synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA), Juvéderm is meant to bolster your body's natural levels of HA and collagen to replenish and plump the skin.

By separating out various components of your blood in our lab, we will put the platelet-rich plasma into a syringe to use for regenerative purposes.

Using a SkinPen microneedling device with an application of our innovative platelet-rich plasma therapy will create extraordinary results in the skin.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.